Book Review: Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents, by Lee Cockburn

05 Mar
Book Review: Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents, by Lee Cockburn

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lee Cockburn’s new release ‘Porcelain’. I took part in a Clink Street Publishers event last year called ‘Blogival’, and this is where I found the talented Author that is Lee Cockburn. I read and reviewed ‘Devils Demise’, which you can read HERE! So when Rachel from Authoright asked me if I wanted to read and take part in the blog tour for Lee’s new book, I was very happy. ‘Porcelain’ is out now, and you can read more about it here, and in all the other lovely blogs that are taking part. The tour banner looks rather creepy doesn’t it? Well, its a spine tingling kind of read.However, I do recommend it. Keep reading to see my thoughts on the latest book from Lee Cockburn. 



Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.


Clink Street Publishing (21 Feb. 2017)

 Advice: This book contains scenes of violence, sex and child abuse, it may cause upset to some readers.

My Thoughts:

When I looked at interviews that Author Lee Cockburn has given previously, she stated that her books are about good conquering evil. This book contains true evilness, the bad guys are really bad and the good guys good. Sergeant Taylor Nicks and Detective Constable Marcus Black are on the search for a vigilante who has been torturing paedophiles, and while the incentives for their mission is understandable, they are still a wanted criminal. This in turn leads the police to finding paedophiles, which of course is another job in itself.

As I was reading this, I got about half way through and I thought I could see the end in sight, I just couldn’t see how it was going to take another half a book to finish it. But the glorious-ness of an Author’s imagination gave us the twists that we needed to set the second half of the book up for an intense twisty read. The plot made me shiver and can totally be described as spine tingling.

I loved that the book was set in Edinburgh, the streets I know, and the language I know. Though I know Edinburgh, the book writes about a side I have never and I expect never will see. But it also speaks briefly about the wonders of Edinburgh, the extinct volcano and the wonderful Edinburgh Festival. I get the feeling that the Author is writing partly what she knows, in the city, the police work but would have had to delved deep into the dark minds of criminals she has perhaps come into contact with to make the true evilness of the criminals mentioned in the story. 

When Lee Cockburn said its good versus evil, she puts me in mind of the goodness still in people, where police will go without sleep, seeing family and put themselves in danger to find the evil ones that are in this world. So although part of this book is very disturbing, we can also take comfort that there are real ‘Goodies’ in the world too. This is the kind of book I could only read occasionally as it is so dark. However, the plot is twisty and well planned – totally worked. The characters are well developed, I remember Taylor, Marcus, Kay and Fran from the last book, while enjoying the addition of the newest member of the police force too. I will definitely read more from Lee Cockburn, as I have a feeling she will write more about Taylor and Marcus, but I will read some lighter hearted books in between. 

Will good defeat evil, and will they find the torturer of paedophiles, or will they continue their rein of revenge? And what will become of Taylor and her relationships? You will have to read to find out.

About the Author, Lee Cockburn:


Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for 16 years including as a Police Sergeant in Edinburgh for 7 years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland’s Women Rugby team for 15 years, earning over 80 caps for the Scottish Ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for 12 years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of 15 in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their 2 young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devils Demise was published in November 2014 by Clink Street Publishers.



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6 responses to “Book Review: Porcelain, Flesh of Innocents, by Lee Cockburn

  1. Donna

    March 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

    That banner is one of the creepiest things I have ever seen! Great job to whoever did it, haha! I love the premise of this book, you can feel the intensity of the story in the blurb and the soft sound of the title is so perfect to reflect such a dark book. I love that the good guys are really good and the bad ones are terrible. We often have a blur when it comes to good and evil and the idea of a criminal hunting pedophiles makes you ask the question “is it that bad”? It feels good to be reminded there if good in the word, especially right now with everything happening. I’m adding this to my wishlist!

  2. irena_bookdustmagic

    March 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Ohh, I can already see this book is too disturbing for me, especially if it talks about pedophiles.
    But it must have been a great experience to read about streets you walk on, about the city you live in…
    p.s. this cover is creepy! 😛

    • chocolatepages

      March 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      It is an acquired taste I think this kind of book. The last book I read by her was very violent but didn’t have paedophiles. I kind of hope her next book is more like the first one as the child abuse is very dark and disturbing. Though her idea that good conquers evil does show. I do like to read books based in places I know. Thanks for commenting and sharing Irena. 😙

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        March 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm

        Ohh, have you read Stieg Larson (sorry if I already asked and you said no, I think I remember that but I am not sure if it’s maybe paramnesia, I suffered from it when I was teenager (or I just thought I had, I diagnosed it myself, do not pay attention to my rambling))?
        Anyway, those books are ones I like, even though they are disturbing. I noticed that I am not a fan of disturbing books in general, because I often feel like crap after finishing them.

  3. chocolatepages

    March 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I haven’t read any Larson books. You haven’t asked me either. 😁 Definitely not good to read books that make you feel bad, especially as there are plenty that can make you feel better. xx


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